Turkey’s ‘hyper-presidential system’ violates separation of powers, undermines parliament: report

Turkey’s presidential system has concentrated power in the person of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, weakening the country’s institutions, especially the parliament, a report released...

Kavala’s ongoing detention runs against Turkey’s commitment to rule of law and respect for...

The decision last Friday of an İstanbul court to continue the imprisonment of philanthropist and human rights activist Osman Kavala on charges related to...

Police response was proportional, says Justice Ministry in the case of ‘Saturday Mothers’ protestor...

The police did not use excessive force against Aydın Aydoğan, whose arm was broken by the police on August 25, 2018 during the 700th...

Bill proposed by Turkey’s AKP seeks to give Erdoğan authority to freeze assets: report

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has proposed a bill that would allow President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to freeze the assets of people...

Top European judges decry situation of Turkey’s judiciary, ECtHR’s role: report

Several executives from European-based judges’ associations in a series of interviews with the Arrested Lawyers Initiative slammed the political control over Turkey’s judiciary as...
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Turkish Twitter users stand against sexual harassment and unlawful strip searches in Turkish prisons

Sexual harassment and unlawful strip-searches in Turkish prisons and detention centers were protested on Twitter on Tuesday after human rights activist and pro-Kurdish Peoples’...

Longtime gov’t critic Sözcü newspaper slapped with $1.8 million tax fine for 2018: report

Turkish opposition newspaper Sözcü was levied a tax fine of TL 14.5 million ($1.8 million) for the year 2018 over what the paper on...

ECtHR rules rights violated in first purge case from Turkey: report

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has said the rights of a civil servant who was fired in a purge carried out by...

Hot mic reveals discussion between judge presiding over coup case and Erdoğan advisor

A conversation between two judges who were unable to start a hearing on October 20 due to the absence of the chief judge revealed...

Turkey’s judicial council denies complaint alleging corruption, battery by senior judge

Turkey’s Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) has denied claims that it received a complaint filed against a high-ranking member of the judiciary by...

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The Year in Review: Crackdown on the Kurdish Political Movement

The Turkish government continued its efforts to criminalize the Kurdish political movement with a view to weakening the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Turkey’s...

The Year in Review: Press Freedom

The Turkish government continued to muzzle the press in 2020 in a variety of ways, including imprisoning journalists, eliminating media outlets, overseeing the purchase...

The Year in Review: Torture and Inhuman Treatment

Turkey has experienced a marked resurgence of torture and ill-treatment in custody over the past five years and especially since a coup attempt on...

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The Year in Review: Women’s Rights

The year 2020 has witnessed an increase in rights violations against women in Turkey, with rising numbers of femicide cases amid discussions of withdrawing...

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